Ashli Gerdes

ST. CLOUD -- Thousands of people gathered along St. Germain Street tonight (Saturday) for the 12th Annual Winter Nights and Lights parade.

More than 50 floats and marching bands participated in this year's festivities. The parade lasted about 45 minutes.

Roads were closed down for the parade along St. Germain Street West from 12th Avenue to 4th Avenue.

The St. Cloud Downtown Council hosts the event each year and says despite the cold weather they expected crowds of more than 9,000 people.

See a video of the parade below.